Beginning as a hosiery chain in 1948, ORVA expanded with stores that spread from the New York metro area; Syracuse to Detroit, Columbus, Dayton and grew to as many as 19 stores, specializing in a niche market of hosiery and dance-wear. The groundwork for their concept of a small department store in the heart of a residential neighborhood, was established. The flagship ORVA womens store opened on East 86th Street in Manhattan in 1982, servicing a discerning clientele, and became a well known fixture in the hood It became a haven for the Saturday generation of shoppers. The merchandising cornered the market on active wear and athletic gear for exercise crazed women of all ages.
Now, ORVA, has taken a foray into a specialty shoe stores that cater to the needs of the whole family; men, women and children. It is a shopping experience unlike no other, with the largest selection of shoes of any single store in the city. Our 86th street store has become a Destination store, headquarters for popular brands: Geox, Minnetonka, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Bruno Magli, UGG AUSTRALIA, Timberland, Nike, Puma, Ecco, Birkenstock, The Flexx, Ara, Rockport, Florsheim, Bostonian, Stride Rite, Clarks, Indigo, Privo, Miz Mooz, Teva, Keen and many many more. Orva has now expanded to six stores in New york City providing a high level of service to our clients who keep coming back.